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Friday, August 31,2012

Kay's Korner

Packer profits under pressure

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
When I first started w r i t i n g about the beef industry 25 years ago, it was fashionable for cattle producers to regard beef processors as “the enemy.” They decried packers for their perceived market power and that they made millions of dollars per year.

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Friday, August 31,2012

COMMENTS

Cull cow boom

by Pete Crow - Publisher
After cogitating over the last cattle on feed report, something seemed a little odd. We’re in the middle of a widespread drought, pastures are scrubbed clean, and you would think there would be some early weaning going on with calves going into grow lots or feedlots.

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Friday, August 24,2012

Expensive feed = expensive cattle

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The latest Cattle on Feed report showed that cattle placed into feedlots was 10 percent lower than a year ago, but it’s a little misleading since there were a lot of cattle placed last year because of the drought in the southern plains.

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Friday, August 17,2012

Management Topics

A recent history of Angus genetic predictions

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
In the mid-1980s, basically all breed associations started their National Cattle Evaluation (NCE) programs to produce EPDs on their whole herd book. What their breeders did with the information differed greatly. Without a doubt, of the major breeds, Angus breeders were the first to pick up and run with these new tools.

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Friday, August 17,2012

Black Ink

Worst case scenario?

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
I dreamed of fresh-smelling rain that beat waves against windows and swept slowly through fields to fill every crack before moving on to refill ponds and kickstart the creeks. Dawn light fell on a full rain gauge.

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Friday, August 17,2012

COMMENTS

Here we go again

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Who involved in agriculture, and of sound mind, would get involved with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)? The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM)—that’s who. Two weeks ago, OCM, teaming up with HSUS, filed suit in Kansas district court against USDA.

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Friday, August 10,2012

Comments

Report card is in

by Pete Crow - Publisher
beef industry’s report card came out during the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s midyear meeting a couple weeks ago. It shows that most beef producers have done a pretty good job improving the product over the past 20 years when the first National Beef Quality Audit CROW.

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Friday, August 10,2012

Kay's Korner

Quality is even more critical

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Beef producers face the most widespread drought in their lifetimes. This means their drought management options are fewer than in years when droughts might have been just as severe but much more local. Take the historic Texas-Oklahoma drought that finally broke this spring.

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Friday, August 10,2012

Letter to the Editor

by WLJ
There is absolutely no scientific basis for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to not allow grazing of burned acres for two years. In Elko County, I challenged the BLM policy on a burn we experienced and they allowed grazing the first year after seed ripe.

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Friday, August 3,2012

Comments

Corn crunch

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cattle markets have declined a bit over the past few weeks but they are still relatively strong. Yearlings at 750 pounds are still selling for $150/cwt. And light calves are still selling around $200 or more. The big question is, what are you going to feed them?.

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